China Eastern Airlines crash kills
March 21, 2022 - A China Eastern Airlines passenger plane carrying 132 people has crashed in China’s southwestern province of Guangxi.
According to FlightRadar24, flight MU5735 -- a Boeing 737-800 NG, or Next Generation -- was travelling from Kunming to Guangzhou. China Eastern lost contact with the aircraft over the city of Wuzhou.
The China Eastern crash comes as Boeing is preparing to re-enter its 737 Max into commercial service in the country. China grounded the Max three years ago after the second of two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in total. The aircraft involved in Monday’s crash wasn’t a new-generation Boeing Max jet.
The 737-800 NG is part of the Boeing single-aisle family, which preceded the 737 Max. As of 2018, the NG had one of the best safety records among jetliners, with just eight fatal accidents out of more than 7,000 sold, according to Boeing’s data.
The last fatal crash involving China Eastern was in 2004, when an airliner bound for Shanghai crashed in Inner Mongolia, killing 53 people on board and two people on the ground. That was the worst aviation accident in China in 30 months.